Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail

  Emergency Closure 09/05/17
The West Mark O. Hatfield trailhead is open and the trail to The Dalles is open. The rest of the trail is CLOSED because of the Eagle Creek Fire. Park staff will assess possible fire damage to trails, vegetation, parking areas and minor structures. This initial review will take time and the following parks will remain closed until they are safe for visitors. The opening dates will be determined later.

Major Features & Activities

  • Blue Indicates that some, but not all, facilities are accessible according to Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards
Major Features & Activities:
  • Hiking Trails
  • Picnicking
  • Restrooms Flush
  • Vault Toilets
  • Viewpoint
  • Wildlife
  • Bike Path
  • Day-Use Fee
  • Exhibit Information

The Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail from the Mark O Hatfield trailhead to the Dalles is open while the rest of the trail and West of Cascade Locks is currently CLOSED due to the Eagle Creek Fire

  • NO Entry
  • No exceptions
  • Strongly enforced for your safety
  • All vehicles will be towed
  • Danger-No Rescue

 

Where motorists on old U.S. Highway 30 once crept around curves high along the cliffs of the Columbia River Gorge, hikers, bicyclists and users of other muscle-driven forms of transportation leisurely enjoy the view from the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail. The trail, three disconnected paved ribbons along abandoned stretches of the historic highway, give you more than 12 miles of sightseeing thrills.

Mark O. Hatfield Trailheads (east and west)
The 4.5 mile Twin Tunnels segment between Mosier and Hood River passes through two climate zones. Starting at the east Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead near Mosier, the 1.5 mile trail leads through semi-arid terrain dotted with ponderosa pine for about a mile until you reach the Twin Tunnels. Spectacular geologic formations tell the story of the gorge's creation.

After passing through the tunnels, you'll emerge into a forest of fir trees and other common western Oregon plants. Viewpoints along the 3 mile segment from the tunnels to the west Mark O. Hatfield Trailhead overlook the Columbia River. For more information, stop in at the Visitor Center!

Mark O. Hatfield West Visitor Center
The Visitor Center located at the west Twin Tunnels section of the HCRH State Trail offers information about the outstanding sites along the trail and in the Columbia River Gorge, as well as sales of annual passes and other merchandise. Current hours are 10AM-2PM everyday of the week.

Starvation Creek Trailhead

This 1 mile trail segment begins in Starvation Creek State Park and heads east, ending at Viento State Park.

Historic Columbia River Highway and State Trail bicycle and hiking map

Please secure your valuable when enjoying parks.  Thank you!

 

Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail segments: